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News: FWST: Spencer playing for future with Cowboys

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    By Charean Williams

    cjwilliams@star-telegram.com

    IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer has millions of reasons to rebound from last season. He is in the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $1.9 million this season.

    This season will help determine Spencer's market value in the off-season, if the Cowboys don't re-sign him before then. And the Cowboys aren't likely to re-sign him before then if he doesn't have a good season.

    The Cowboys have had no discussions with Spencer's agent about a contract extension, according to a source.



    Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/10/10/3434294/spencer-playing-for-future-with.html#ixzz1aUQSEQIZ
  2. JohnsKey19

    JohnsKey19 Well-Known Member

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    If they dont re-sign Spencer, OLB suddenly rises to the top of our offseason priority list. Cant have a good 3-4 with only 1 good OLB. Butler isn't that guy...
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Or Carter is the guy and they go for Vontaze Burfict in the Draft.

    BTW, unrelated but Butler and Ware are absolutely best of friends. They do everything together.
  4. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    You know i thought about that, Carter is a strange pick. Lee is essentially playing his spot inside and i don't see Carter with enough size to play the strong side outside.

    I don't know what they have planned for him.

    You are right though, if we want the 3-4 to really start rocking a stud ILB would fit the bill.
  5. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    idk isn't carter bigger than bowman of the 49ers? they both play the same spot and bowman is playing pretty well in that spot. But they do have a bigger nose tackle then us so idk.
  6. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I thought it was pretty clear they wanted Carter at ILB... I don't think he's got the makeup of a 3-4 OLB at all really.

    I wouldn't mind snatching up an elite ILB to play next to Lee, but I feel that's what the team thinks they have in Carter.

    Either way, Spencer isn't going anywhere.
  7. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    They've got plenty of time left this year to evaluate rather or not he'll be worth bringing back.
  8. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    Problem with that is if they stick with Ryans version of the 3-4 the ILB opposite of Lee is the 'hammer' and has to take on the blocks to free up his counterpart, don't think Carter has the size for that.

    Also we seem to prefer/need a run stopper on the SOLB side so he doesn't seem an ideal fit there either.

    Hard to say, but if he is a player they will find a spot i guess. Could be they were worried about Lee holding up long term, thats the only explanation that makes sense to me.
  9. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I have to agree, I don't see Carter as the SOLB to replace Spencer. I figure we will resign Spencer, and really I don't want to go into the offseason and draft having to replace him. Not like 3-4 OLBs grow on trees, he would be hard to replace immediately, especially since we don't have anyone who can play his spot (no I don't see Butler being able to do this).

    If he did leave, it would immediately be the biggest hole we have to fill in the offseason. I would rather not have to do it, and get some wants filled. I hate to think about it, but I feel we are in a position where we almost have to pay Spencer eventually.
  10. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    In another thread Hostile mentioned that Umnyiora was a close friend of DWares, if so, and with his contract up next year, that is a very intriquing name for next season. 4-3 end or not.
  11. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    Do you really see his return as a foregone conclusion?

    I don't.

    And I think this report saying that no negotiations have taken place says a lot.

    I think that the team is letting an inconsistant player prove to them that he's worth it before they dish out the big money it will likely take to keep him.
  12. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    Yes i agree, the silence on a new contract says a lot, they might still sign him, but a foregone conclusion, i don't think so.
  13. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    I have to give you props on that sig line. I wish I thought of it!
  14. dreghorn2

    dreghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    LOL.. thanks stash.
  15. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Burfict would be perfect. But not sure the Cowboys can get high enough to have a chance at him - the guy is the best defender in the country. Love his intensity & smarts - violent playmaker, but the guy is top 5, maybe top 3, talent.

    I think Burfict would be a good fit at OLB too. He is just that good.
  16. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, if we don't resign him, then its a need that is well beyond any we would have this offseason. Spencer has to earn it of course, but it is definitely one of the most important positions on our D and would be a hard blow on the team to replace. I would also think that if Spencer left, we would really have to retain TNew, cause it might be too much to replace in one offseason.
  17. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely dispise players who step it up in contract years (dana stubblefield always comes to mind). I was big supporter of Spencer in the draft and really felt he would challenge for DROY award. I think Jerry and Co need to be very careful with Spencer as he could easily slip back into the player we saw last few years after signing a new contract. We can only hope it will be incentive heavy contract (QB pressures, sacks, etc.)
  18. dmq

    dmq If I'm so pretty, why am I available?

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    One thing I will say is that I have only seen glimpses of him where he gives the added effort that it takes to be great. All the physical tools are there. I just don't know if you pay that type of guy top money.
  19. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    I wouldn't rush to sign this guy... He's been OK at best honestly.
  20. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    Lol, why would you resign a player to a multi-year contract four games into the season? I'm sure the Cowboys want to see more of Spencer before they start talking about a new contract with him.

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